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Professional cleaner reveals the common cleaning mistake many are making - and why it never works

Professional cleaner reveals the common cleaning mistake many are making - and why it never works

A professional cleaner has quashed a viral home hack that involves mixing dishwashing liquid with vinegar to create a DIY cleaning concoction.

Kacie Stephens, from Melbourne, explained why cleaning your home with the two household products was just “pointless”.

The popular recipe has been doing the rounds on TikTok in recent years - but Kacie said it’s a common cleaning mistake many people make because the two ingredients actually cancel each other out when mixed.

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“That home recipe cleaning concoction you’re making? The one you saw the cleanfluencer with the perfect house post on her reels? It’s pointless,” Kacie said.

“Vinegar is a good cleaner because it’s acidic, but when you add dishwashing liquid/dish soap to it (which is a base or neutral) - you neutralise the vinegar. You take away the very thing that makes it work well.

“The dishwashing liquid works that well on its own. Adding the vinegar is a pointless step.”

“Use one or the other - not both.”

Many were stunned by the revelation, with one woman admitting: “I did this and the dish soap got real thick and almost solid after mixing with the vinegar. Seemed like a good idea but quickly found out it wasn’t.”

Another said: “Wow I never knew that.”

While another added: “I kept trying it for the soap scum on my shower screen and kept thinking I was doing something wrong because it didn’t work.”

Her tip comes just months after Kaycie shared the secret to removing stubborn baked-on stains, grease and grime from the oven without spending hours scrubbing.

She said the simple trick was to “steam” the oven using a tray of water and vinegar before you deep clean the cooking appliance.

Professional cleaner reveals the common cleaning mistake many are making - and why it never works

“When that charcoal is cold, it’s rock-solid... I’ve got a non-toxic way to clean your oven using the power of steam. So here’s what you’re going to do,” she said in her TikTok video.

To steam clean your oven, you’ll need dishwashing liquid, vinegar, scrapers and scourers.

“Add one cup of boiling water and one cup of vinegar to a tray. Put it in a hot oven and let it do its thing for about 20 minutes,” she said.

The steam would soften the baked-on stains, making it easier to scrape off.

Before proceeding with the clean, Kacie - who runs a cleaning business called The Big Clean Co - said you need to let the oven “cool to touch” or you’ll “burn yourself”.

“You’ll be left with this big mushy mess that scrapes right off,” Kacie said.

To remove grease and from the oven’s glass door, she opted for dishwashing liquid and a scourer.

“I like to add dishwashing liquid just to give that last of that grease and to really make it shine,” she said.

“Use a scourer on the racks and for any bits that are stuck, use a blade.

She added: “You don’t need those nasty chemicals.”

Her video was viewed more than 8,000 times with many saying the method worked.

“I just used dish soap and a mesh scourer on my oven door - best thing ever. Took me five minutes and no scratches,” one woman wrote.

Another said: “I did this with dishwashing liquid and it works well.”

While one added: “This is life-saving. I live in a tiny apartment with little ventilation and the chemical products are so nauseating.”